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’HEATED DEBATES’ EXPECTED AT NATO MEETING

Heated debates can be expected at Friday's meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Prague, the foreign minister has said.
 

“We can expect war psychosis to peak and [participants] to support crazier ideas than ever,” Péter Szijjártó said in Prague. Szijjártó said he did not expect “a friendly atmosphere”, and he warned of “a very dangerous situation”. “Apparently our European colleagues have plunged themselves with great vigour into the deepening pits of war psychosis … and I believe that the presence of the Americans and the British will even stimulate this hysterical state,” he said. “And I expect the meeting of NATO foreign ministers to be surrounded by an even greater pro-war atmosphere than before…” he said. Regarding a proposal to allow Ukrainian forces to use Western weapons to fire into Russian territory, he said the Russians far from lacked equipment and were bound to retaliate, leading to “many, many more casualties”. Arms deliveries to Ukraine would increase the number of weapons on both sides of the front, causing more deaths. “Even the NATO decision to cross the red line that we drew ourselves two years ago in February is very dangerous. NATO crossed this red line by increasing its own role in coordinating weapons deliveries and the training of Ukrainian soldiers,” he said.